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Child Marriage Around the World

Publication Date: 
April 10, 2014

Child marriage is a truly globla problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities.  Child brides can be found in every region in the world from the Middle East to Latin American, South Asia to Europe. 

Child marriage: 20 highest-prevalence countries in the world (%)

  1. 01Niger75%
  2. 02Central African Republic68%
  3. 03Chad68%
  4. 04Bangladesh65%
  5. 05Guinea63%
  6. 06Mali55%
  7. 07South Sudan52%
  8. 08Burkina Faso52%
  9. 09Malawi50%
  10. 10Mozambique48%
  11. 11Madagascar48%
  12. 12Eritrea47%
  13. 13India47%
  14. 14Somalia45%
  15. 15Sierra Leone44%
  16. 16Zambia42%
  17. 17Dominican Republic41%
  18. 18Ethiopia41%
  19. 19Nicaragua41%
  20. 20Nepal41%

* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2013). It is based on Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other national surveys, and refers to the most recent year available during the period 2002-2011.


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